Morgantown, West Virginia – Earlier this week, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced that he’s stepping away from that role later this year.
Immediately, rumors of potential candidates to replace him surfaced and two names very familiar to West Virginia fans were mentioned as possible replacements for Bowlsby.
Among the few names that were brought up by Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated (the real Sports Illustrated, not the fake West Virginia version) were former West Virginia Director of Athletics Oliver Luck and current Director of Athletics Shane Lyons.
Lyons, a West Virginia native and graduate of West Virginia University, has served at his current role since 2015. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Director of Athletics at Alabama. Lyons is also the Chairman of the Division I Football Oversight Committee.
Lyons is a very respected athletic director and his name is frequently brought up when positions around college football become available, but the Commissioner of the Big 12 Conference is perhaps a job too tempting for him to pass up on if it’s offered.
A few candidates to watch for Big 12 commissioner gig, per some industry insiders: Bama AD Greg Byrne; Baylor AD Mack Rhoades; WVU AD Shane Lyons; Oliver Luck; Oregon AD Rob Mullens; UW AD Jen Cohen; Colorado AD Rick George; Big 12 senior associate commissioner Ed Stewart.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) April 5, 2022